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Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: A Mind-Body Healing Practice

Do you find yourself seeking a fulfilling life, and a greater sense of connection to your body, mind, and spirit? Often looking outside of ourselves for happiness can bring us in circles because what we seek is already within. It wasn’t until I discovered Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT)  that I began to understand the truth and inner wisdom within me.

PRYT combines eastern and western yoga and psychology, creating a deep experience from the inside out. It is a mind-body healing practice combining yoga with contemporary client-centered psychological theory. At this point you may be asking yourself what exactly does that mean? Basically, it’s a yoga therapy session that combines meditation, breath work, yoga postures, and client directed dialogue to get to the root of your inner wisdom and to open up to the truth that is already within you.

Unlike a vinyasa class, a yoga therapy session is one-on-one so you’re not coming to learn postures or philosophy. A PRYT session deepens your understanding of the self and sheds light on the dark. PRYT taught me how to find my inner truth and follow the guidance from within. I no longer need to look outside of myself, because what I seek is already within me. The PRYT sessions give an opportunity to stop and truly listen to ourselves, and our intuition. It teaches us to be mindful, fully present, and awake to the life we currently live.

Life is about taking chances, doing new things and not just staying comfortable and safe. Through observation of our edges we are able to explore our self-imposed limitations. We learn to witness our habitual thought patterns (samskaras) and then choose to make changes or stay as we are without progression. In yoga as well as yoga therapy we ultimately will get out of it what we put into it. If we stay comfortable and away from our edge we will never develop and grow, and if we push aggressively past our edge we injure ourselves. It is being in a place with the discomfort and not struggling against it, but being with the experience in each and every moment.

Receiving a PRYT session is a time to abandon all expectations and open up to new experiences. There is no yoga experience required and you will find many benefits such as enhanced mental clarity, self-empowerment, self-esteem, and deeper connection with one’s inner self. Each session is unique and the best way to understand it to try it out your self!




Spring Detox – Day 5


Happy Friday all! Today is the last day of my 5 day detox and I feel the most energized that I have all week! The juice fasting was wonderful and I’m slowly introducing solid foods. I started the day with pear juice, a lemonade and then in the afternoon had an apple and a pear. The only foods I was craving were bread and pasta so I just had some nuts and decided to wait till dinner to introduce more foods.

When doing a juice fast the day after the juice fasting can be hard, be sure to come off the juice fast slowly and consciously. Start the day after with a juice or fruit smoothie, for lunch light soup and for dinner a heartier soup. If you are feeling okay you can try eating an apple, but beware of how your stomach is reacting.

Even on the day after the cleanse, be careful and mindful of the foods you are putting into your body. Keep the lightness going by slowly adding in solid foods to your diet. Juice fasting is giving your digestive system a rest, which will equate to new and higher levels of energy.

Dinner tonight was Hoisin-glazed tempeh with Green beans and cashews with brown rice. (pictured above) It was delicious and the rice helped with my carb craving. Tomorrow I will ease into a diet of 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, animal proteins, and over the next few days my favorite breads and pastas! I plan to continue with the smaller portion sizes and I’m not sure yet when I will reintroduce coffee.

Overall it has been a great experience. This week I was able to release unnecessary insecurities, purge clothing from my apartment, cross things off of my to do list, and I shed 3 lbs.

Curious about doing this 5 day detox? Email info@lizalaird.com to find out details on the 5 day detox package which includes private sessions and day-to-day guidance during the cleanse.




Spring Detox – Day 4

When I woke up to begin day four of the Spring Detox I found myself feeling nauseous and weak. Not the best way to start a day. However, rather than fight it I let myself rest in bed a little bit longer – that is the good thing about setting the alarm for much earlier than you need to wake-up, then you have time to go back to bed if you need to! (I only do this when I’m detoxing) Once I had a little bit more time in bed and drank a juice and lots of water I was feeling all better and ready to take on the day! Sometimes a little patience and rest is the cure.

The juices were as delicious as yesterday – pear, young love, lemonade, green lemonade, and lemon lime smoothie. The lemon lime smoothie was a nice treat, much heavier than the other juices and a great way to end the day. It is nice to drink something a little heartier to make up for the lack of solid food for 2 days.

Not surprisingly, I imagined I could do a lot more this week than I did (the picture above is of my messy files that I keep putting off and not organizing). So the spring cleaning of my apartment will continue through the weekend and into next week. There is no rush since it is still snowing outside! Of course it can be hard to not feel stressed when there is still a long list of things to do.

Rather than becoming stressed by not being able to get everything done an approach to stress free organizing is scheduling 30 minutes of your day and pick one section of your bedroom or office. Then tackle just that one area in those 30 minutes. Doing this a few times a week will feel like reorganizing and de-cluttering is a breeze rather than something hanging over your head.

Try it out and see how it goes!